Volkswagen's are proud of their "hard body"!
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Besides giving us our quiet & solid ride, roof strength is what saves your life in an accident, particularly a roll-over situation.
Our Jetta Wagon from 2009 is showing off here for you! (this accident was in the USA and the driver was not injured)
In 2012 our Passat made safety headlines for it's roof strength!
(It won along with it's "sister" the Audi A6) It proved to withstand 6.3 times its entire body weight. The current federal standard is 1.5 times!!! Proudly, our Jetta took second place with 5.4 in the industry for roof strength. (Still ahead of the Volvo)
In 2010 the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) introduced a rigorous new test for roof strength due to the amount of rollover accidents occurring. As with most new tests introduced, there is no prior warning to the manufacturers to "build accordingly". Our Tiguan was the champion. Watch the video below.
The new 2005 (06 in Canada) Jetta "aces" all new side impact test by IIHS to simulate a hit by a sport utility vehicle.
As stated in a congratulatory letter sent to all dealers from the president of the IIHS in June 2005 "A few years ago when we were first developing this side impact test, ..many car company engineers complained that the test was going to be too tough for cars to pass it. But the Jetta didn't just pass this test; it aced it. Clearly Volkswagen engineers have designed a superior "safety cage" for the new Jetta..."
(See right for our framed letter from the IIHS)
Introducing the (almost famous).... Volkswagen Door Abuse Test
After jumping up & down on the fully open door of this 2011 GTI..............with a fingertip gentle push, the door closes perfectly. no alignment issues! (Our cars are even stronger now than in 2011!)
This test has been done on VW’s since at least the 1990’s, there are many stories of what has happened to other brands when it was attempted with them.......
Well, now you have a few examples to either help convince you that you should drive a Volkswagen OR to remind you how lucky you are, if you already do !!
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